Penn State's drama is only just beginning...
Former Penn State star quarterback, Assistant Coach and now star witness, Mike McQueary, testified Friday that in 2002 he saw Jerry Sandusky sexually assaulting a young boy. He says he reported it, in graphic detail, to Coach Joe Paterno and two senior Penn State University officials.
He said to the court that he heard rhythmic, slapping sounds, like that of skin on skin.
“I looked in the mirror and shockingly and surprisingly saw Jerry with a boy in the shower.”
He said Sandusky was behind the boy and the boy was up against a wall. He said he believes Sandusky was sexually molesting the boy but he did not see insertion and did not hear protests. He said he believes the two were engaged in intercourse but he cannot be sure.
McQueary said he looked away for a few moments, and when he took a closer look, the two were standing apart.
“They had turned so their bodies were both facing me. … They looked directly in my eyes...Seeing that they were separated, I thought it was best that I leave the locker room.”
He added that he felt “shocked” and “horrified” afterward.
“I was not thinking straight."
In his testimony, McQueary described his meeting with Paterno the morning after he said he had witnessed Sandusky assaulting the boy in the showers of the university’s football facility. McQueary said he sat at Paterno’s kitchen table and told him what he had seen Sandusky — Paterno’s assistant for 32 years and an immensely popular figure on campus in State College, Pa. — doing to a naked boy.
Paterno, who was recenty fired after 61 years at Penn State and weeks after he set the record for the most victories by a major college football coach. he said,
“Well, I’m sorry you had to see that. It’s terrible. I need to think and tell some people about what you saw, and I’ll let you know what we’ll do next.’ ”
Sandusky, who has been charged with 52 counts of molesting boys, has insisted that he is innocent.
The hearing Friday was held for prosecutors to persuade a judge that there was adequate evidence to go forward with the perjury cases against Curley and Schultz. When the hearing was over, District Judge William C. Wenner ordered the case to go to trial.
Paterno, in that testimony, said that he, too, made clear to Tim Curley, the university’s athletic director, and Gary Schultz, the university official whose duties included overseeing the campus police......that what McQueary had seen and reported involved sexually inappropriate behavior by Sandusky.
Paterno told prosecutors that he knew Curley and Schultz well enough to trust that they would take what actions were appropriate.
Paterno, though, was also asked why he had not reported McQueary’s accusations to his superiors more quickly. Paterno seemed to suggest that he waited a day because it was a Saturday.
“I didn’t want to interfere with their weekend,”
Curley testified that he reported what Paterno had told him to Graham Spanier, then the university president. Curley said he then talked to Sandusky about the account, reported the allegation to the executive director at Second Mile, the Sandusky charity that was created to help disadvantaged children, then followed up by letting Paterno and McQueary know the actions he took.
In his testimony, Curley said McQueary never told him anything more serious had happened than that Sandusky and the boy were “wrestling” and “horsing around.”
Curley testified that he never reported the 2002 episode to the police, only to Spanier. Asked why, he told the prosecutor,
“I didn’t think it was a crime at the time.”
McQueary, under questioning by lawyers for Curley and Schultz, was forced to explain his own behavior after witnessing the suspected assault. He said he had not initially considered going straight to the police; he thought that in speaking with Curley and Schultz, who oversaw the campus police, that he had acted adequately.
We will keep you posted as new information comes in on this horrible case...